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NO. R-54. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL MOUNTIES ON THEIR WINNING THE 1998 DIVISION I FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.

(J.R.S. 24)

Offered by: Senator Crowley of Rutland County.

Whereas, the top-seeded Mounties of Mount St. Joseph Academy concluded their quest for the 1998 Division I football championship when they met their cross-town rivals, the Rutland High School Raiders, for the coveted Division I crown, and

Whereas, the dynamic duo of quarterback Mike Keenan, confidently passing to tight end Tom McCann, quickly established a Mounties' lead that the determined Raiders were never able to surpass, and

Whereas, the precision footwork of kicking specialist Josh Polgar immediately raised the Mounties' point total to seven, and

Whereas, the rushing of Mike Hackett and 1,000-yard rusher Ian McCormick brought the score to 13-0 in favor of MSJ, and

Whereas, on their next possession, MSJ rapidly executed a 32-yard drive to enhance their lead to an amazing 19-0, and

Whereas, a pivotal MSJ interception by Matt Brauman ignited the series of plays that accounted for the Mounties' final touchdown, and

Whereas, despite a valiant Rutland offensive effort, the MSJ defense held the Raiders to 13 points as Mount St. Joseph triumphed by a final score of 25-13, and

Whereas, the Mounties' entire MSJ roster, including Pat McCormack, Brian Hart,, Ryan DePoy, Jim Layn, Jamie Larson, Steve Reilly, Dan Boudreau, Ryan Hart, Clayton Gilligan, Chris Facey, John Pisanelli, Dan Welch, Chuck Whitehead, Mike Tomasi, Chris Sabatino, John Brooker, Joe Stukus, Andy Hadeka, Donny Bedard, Scott Aprilliano, Jamie Greenough, Barry Johnson, Ryan Bentrup, Eric Lake, Steve Abatiell, Jim McGonigal, Justin Classen, Darby Simonds, Bryan Gudelis, Eric Ludwig, Andy Morgan, Keith Lazarczyk, Pat Dudley, Alex Keefe, Rich Freed, Tim Doherty and Colin Flory all deserve commendation for a job well done, and

Whereas, the expert MSJ coaching staff, consisting of Brian Grady, Tony Zingale, Brian Coombs, Gene Esposito, Bill Dudley, Jerry Gorruso, and Steve Wolf, as well as the able team managers, Colin McCormick and Jeff Coombs, deserve credit for their pivotal role in the team's spectacular success, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is delighted to congratulate the Mt. St. Joseph High School Mounties football team on its winning the 1998 Division I championship title, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mount St. Joseph High School's athletic director, Marty McDonough.